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Barry Bergey with Mavis Staples
"The class of 2006." That's the way Mavis Staples described herself and the other distinguished recipients of our nation's highest form of federal recognition of folk and traditional artists, the...
<p>Riley "B.B." King performs more than 250 concerts each year. Photo credit: Michael P. Smith</em>
Although Riley "B.B." King wanted to be a preacher or a gospel singer, he grew up to be a legendary bluesman whose distinctive economical phrasing, precise bent notes, and unique...
A mosaic of images
In February of 1978, the Folk Arts Program was established at the NEA, three years after Bess Lomax Hawes became the Arts Endowment’s specialist in the field. Under her leadership,...

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